National Capital Authority

Section 2: Outcomes and Planned Performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programmes are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

The NCA's outcome is described below together with its related programmes, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of the NCA in achieving Australian Government outcomes.

Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, delivery of education and awareness programmes and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

Outcome 1 Strategy

The functions of the NCA establish the extent of the Australian Government's interest in the National Capital and are set out in section 6 of the PALM Act. The NCA's outcome, programmes, objectives and deliverables are directly related to these statutory functions.

The NCA's objectives are to:

  • shape the National Capital into the future;
  • develop and care for the nationally significant parts of Canberra; and
  • inform and educate all Australians and visitors about the National Capital.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by programme.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: National Capital Functions
Programme 1.1 Objective

The objectives of Programme 1.1 are to:

  • shape the National Capital into the future;
  • care for the nationally significant parts of Canberra; and
  • educate all Australians and visitors about the National Capital.
Programme 1.1 Expenses
2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual departmental expenses
1.1.1 Canberra and the Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance (a) 3,087 3,059 3,043 3,073 3,107
1.1.2 Promotion and awareness of the significance of Canberra as the National Capital 2,513 2,478 2,463 2,487 2,514
1.1.3 Advocacy, enhancement and management of the National Capital estate 13,885 13,954 13,941 14,075 14,231
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year (b) 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,033
Total programme expenses 20,518 20,524 20,480 20,668 20,885

Notes:

  1. There is a sharing of planning functions with the ACT Government. The NCA managed National Capital Plan is the guiding document for both tiers of government.
  2. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year is made up of depreciation and amortisation expenses and resources received free of charge.
Programme 1.1 Deliverables

In 2015–16 and the forward years, the NCA will:

  • assess and approve applications to undertake works in Designated Areas, prepare Development Control Plans, urban design guidelines, master plans and Draft Amendments to the National Capital Plan;
  • recommend and deliver works, upgrade and manage assets (including Lake Burley Griffin, major roads, bridges, civil infrastructure, open spaces and heritage listed landscaped areas) that are required for the special purposes of Canberra as the National Capital;
  • issue permits for the use of National Land including events and temporary traders;
  • issue, renew and review licence fees for a number of NCA managed premises, to commercial operators and institutions for purposes including restaurants, cafes/coffee shops, office accommodation and an art gallery;
  • operate three visitor attractions (National Capital Exhibition, National Carillion and Blundells Cottage), and deliver touring exhibitions with outreach education programmes outside of Canberra; and
  • administer and manage the pay parking scheme to provide safe and convenient parking spaces for visitors to the national institutions.
Deliverables 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
1.1.1 Canberra and the Australian Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance  
- Draft amendment to the National Capital Plan 2 2 2 2 2
- Works approvals granted 300 300 300 300 300
- Master plans / Development Control Guidelines / urban design guidelines 6 6 6 6 6
1.1.2 Promotion and awareness of the significance of Canberra as the National Capital  
- Visitors to the NCA's attractions 140,000 142,800 145,656 148,569 151,541
- Visitors to the NCA's touring exibitions and outreach education programmes 40,000 40,800 41,616 42,448 43,297
Programme 1.1 Key performance indicators

  • The national significance of Canberra is reflected in the National Capital Plan. The key performance indicator (1.1.1) focuses on ensuring development is consistent with the National Capital Plan and assessing applications for works approval in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Timely response to maintenance issues is critical to the successful management of assets on National Land. The NCA allocates response time targets based on the urgency of the maintenance issue. Meeting these targets is an indicator of appropriately protecting the National Capital Estate. The key performance indicator (1.1.2) measures the percentage of maintenance issues addressed within the target timeframes.
  • The key performance indicator (1.1.3) measures an increased awareness of the special importance of Canberra as the nation's capital. The awareness level is measured by conducting surveys of visitors touring the NCA's attractions.
Key Performance Indicators 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
1.1.1 Percentage of works approval applications assessed against the National Capital Plan within 15 working days 90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
1.1.2 Percentage of building and civil infrastructure maintenance issues resolved within required timeframes. 90% 90% 90% 95% 95%
1.1.3 Percentage of surveyed visitors satisfied with the NCA's attractions. 85% 85% 90% 90% 95%
Programme 1.2: National Capital Estate
Programme 1.2 Objective

The objectives of Programme 1.2 are to:
  • develop and renew the special character of the National Capital estate; and
  • mitigate risk associated with management of the National Capital estate.
Programme 1.2 Expenses
2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses          
Administered items 3,156 2,908 2,985 2,978 2,949
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year (a) 21,323 21,483 21,643 21,813 21,813
Total programme expenses 24,479 24,391 24,628 24,791 24,762

Notes:

  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year is made up of depreciation and amortisation expenses and expenses related to the write-down of assets.
Programme 1.2 Deliverables

In 2015–16 and the forward years, the NCA will:

  • develop and renew assets on National Land in accordance with their national significance;
  • obtain and hold appropriate levels of insurance cover for the main risks associated with assets on National Land; and
  • implement and manage a robust asset maintenance plan that addresses the severity of asset conditions.
Deliverables 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
Value of development and renewal works in the National Capital estate $17m $14m $14m $14m $14m

Programme 1.2 Key performance indicators

Manage the capital assets through development and renewal in accordance with their national significance. The key performance indicator (1.2.1) measures the achievement against the asset management plan.

 

Key Performance Indicators 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
1.2.1 Percentage of assets identified as requiring capital improvement are addressed against the asset management plan. 85% 90% 95% 95% 95%

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